Just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, 32-year-old Corporal Jamie Walker was killed in the line of duty. He was shot during a traffic stop.
According to Waynesboro Police Chief Jerry Mosley, the shooting happened near the city's library. He said Officer Walker had approached the driver of a vehicle on suspicion that the van was stolen. Upon approaching the van, he says the driver shot Walker at close range with a shotgun and then took off driving.
The stolen vehicle was later abandoned about 400 yards outside the Waynesboro city limits on Highway 45 south. Since the incident, the stolen van and gun have been recovered. Around three hours after the shooting, a suspect was taken into custody without incident at a house on McIlwain Drive in Waynesboro.
Charged in the case is 32-year-old James Elmer Hartley. He's being held in the Wayne County Jail where his bond has been denied.
Meanwhile, city officials describe Walker, who was on the job for 2 and a half years, as serious about his job. With two children, ages seven and three, they say the loss is difficult for many.